Barking prisoner attack puts four officers in hospital

Four police staff were injured in the attack

Four police staff were injured in the attack - Credit: PA WIRE

Four police staff were taken to hospital following an assault by a violent prisoner.

Three police officers and one Designated Detention Officer were involved in the attack, which happened between 7.45am and 8am, at Fresh Water Custody Base in Barking.

The 45-year-old was being placed in a van to be taken to a court appearance when he is alleged to have struggled and fought with officers.

They were spat at and suffered superficial cuts, grazes and swellings.

The four officers had to attend a specialist unit at St Thomas’ Hospital in south London as the man stated he carried infectious diseases.

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They have returned to work on full duties but three require follow up hospital appointments.

The suspect was charged and remanded to appear at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

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